Having a stressless move can be accomplished using some simple tips. Moving means change, and being relaxed and organized is key to a successful and stressless moving experience. Allow yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare for the lead up to moving day, and moving into your new home. Another great tool is to have a moving checklist, which provides a clear list of tasks to be completed. If your move will take place in a short period of time, having a checklist is sure to keep you on track.
Decluttering is a great way to lighten your load and move only what is necessary. It can also lower the cost of your move as many moving companies charge for what is being moved. Start arranging your belongings as early as you can. If you will be getting rid of any items, decide whether they will be kept, discarded, or donated. As you sort through your stuff, you can begin packing things that are not used regularly. This will also speed up the packing process and continue to keep you organized.
If you plan to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, it’s important to spend time doing some research and reading reviews. Once you have narrowed your search, start contacting and collecting estimates from at least three reputable moving companies.
A very important thing to remember, if at any time you feel you need help, ask for it!
It’s not uncommon for insects to inhabit our homes. When it’s time to pack for your move, you might start to notice pests or infestations in and around your home. In order to have a pest free move, it’s important to determine what insects they are and have them removed.
The more common insects that tend to live in our homes are: cockroaches, gypsy moth, bedbugs and fleas. Bedbugs and fleas are the most problematic when it comes too moving. If they are not controlled before everything is packed and moved, it’s likely they will travel with you to your new home.
Before you start wrapping and placing any of your items into boxes, inspect them thoroughly. If you see any sign of infestation make sure to eliminate the pests before packing your belongings. Items that tend to attract insects are: mattresses, linens, toys, clothing, some furniture items, and surprisingly, some insects infest electronics. It’s also a good idea to check the garage for any insect infestations, especially if this is an area that has been used as storage. Some insects also hide in houseplants. Even if you won’t be moving the plants with you, removing the pests will help to have a pest free move.
One other area to pay attention to, is packing materials. If you’re thinking of using recycled boxes, check for insects. Bedbugs and other pests can be found living beneath the surface.
Often, relocating means needing to find temporary housing. If you’re still in the process of looking for a permanent home, or waiting for your new home to be ready, than short-term housing might be what you need.
There are many resources available for finding short-term housing. Dependent on what you will need and for how long, many vacation rental companies can provide online availability and booking information. If you’ll want temporary housing for an extended period of time, there are options for lease agreements with companies such as: Airbnb, Homeaway, Vacation Rental By Owner, and others. During the peak seasons, keep in mind that prices for monthly rates might be higher.
If you’re relocating for a job, it’s common that many companies will take care of arranging temporary housing for their employees. If it’s required that you arrange your own accommodation, there are companies that specialize in temporary corporate housing.
Once temporary housing has been organized, it can now be decided what to do with furniture and personal belongings. Short term, corporate housing, and vacation rentals usually come furnished, therefore storing your belongings might be something to consider, until you move into your permanent home. If you have children, bringing any items for them is advised, such as cribs, high chairs and any other necessary items.
Approximately 40 million people move throughout the year within the United States. There is no time of year that moving companies do not work, except if extreme weather conditions do not permit for moving. The moving industry does however have a peak season, April through September. During this time there is high demand for moving services, especially during the summer months June and July when many families relocate.
When determining when to move, another consideration might be which part of the month, which day of the week, and what time of the day works best. Most moves occur at the end of the month, when leases on rentals end, and can roll over to the beginning of the next month. Weekends are typically the busiest days of the week, as many work during the week. Having flexibility with the day you move could be an advantage. On both moving and delivery day, beginning early in the morning is best. Productivity is at its highest, and in hotter climates it’s cooler in the mornings, making it easier and more efficient to load and unload.
If your move does not need to take place during peak season, the quieter months, October through March might be best for your move. Moving during the slower months can reduce costs, and often provides more options for choosing a day of the week and a time of day that pick up or delivery can be scheduled.
If you’re looking to hire a moving company to handle every aspect of your relocation, you’ll want to hire a professional full service mover.
They’re called full service movers because they take care of everything, from organizing estimates to reassembling furniture upon delivery, and everything in between. Coordinating a move can be a time consuming undertaking. Knowing that there are professionals available to assist through every step of your move is reassuring, and can save a lot of time. Hiring professional full service movers can also become costly; therefore it’s important to spend time researching any company you are considering and obtain at least three estimates from reputable full service movers. This allows you to find a company that best fits your moving needs.
Before signing any contract with a full service mover, make sure any questions have been answered and that you are aware of all services to be performed. Some of the services provided by full service movers include:
- Packing, including packing supplies
- Furniture disassembly/reassembly
- Loading and unloading
- Transportation of your belongings
- Disposing packing materials
If you want to be involved in the moving process, it’s still possible when hiring full service movers. However, it provides the trust that should you not have the time, these guys will get your belongings to your new destination.